MSU Trial Garden

The MSU Horticulture Gardens include 14 acres of beautiful landscapes highlighting annuals, perennials, and woody plants. There are a multitude of theme gardens including our award-winning 4-H Children's Garden, our annual display and trial gardens, green roof gardens, Japanese garden, dwarf conifer collection, and more. Unique highlights this year include our flowering annual vine display, pickle garden, and our highly popular succulent trial!

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Plant Trial Field Day

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

Join us for this annual event to learn about top-performing plants, talk with Gardens staff, participate in presentations from MSU faculty, and stroll through the MSU Gardens. Registration is required for this event. For more information, and how to register, visit the MSU Trial Garden Field Day page. 

Garden Hours

The Gardens are always open to the public. Building and office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. To arrange for a guided tour, please contact Daedre McGrath in advance at 517-353-0329.

An MSU Horticulture Gardens volunteer or staff member will be ready to greet you at the west end of the Gardens parking lot from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday, from July 29 to August 9. Stop by for a brief orientation, a Plant Trial booklet, and a map of the Gardens.  Visitors may choose to view or print a Gardens map prior to visiting.

Parking - During Construction

From July 8, 2019 to approximately August 22, 2019, our Garden's parking lot will be under construction and unavailable for parking.  Therefore, MSU Horticulture Garden Visitor Parking will be available in the Wharton Center parking ramp (Ramp #3) during construction at the gardens.   The fee is $2 per hour.  The Wharton ramp requires either payment at the pay stations, or a parking permit, Monday - Friday from 6am until 10pm.  Visitors must pay immediately upon parking by walking to one of the pay stations, entering the license plate number of their vehicle, and then their payment.  The pay stations accept credit cards or US coin, $1, or $5 bills.  The pay stations do not give change back, nor are refunds issued for time paid for, but not used.   The ramp is located at 750 E Shaw Ln, East Lansing, MI 48824 and can be accessed using Shaw Lane or Wilson road entrance.


The MSU Plant Trial Garden showcases a wide range of annuals, vegetables, herbs, herbaceous perennials, and Michigan native plants. For the third year in a row, we will also be trialing a wide variety of tender succulents for the Michigan landscape. We evaluate plants submitted by breeding companies, the All American Selection Committee, and Fleuroselect. We track plant performance, vigor, uniformity, ornamental value, disease tolerance, and response to climatic conditions. This unbiased information is summarized and made available to participating companies, industry professionals, and the general gardening public. For more information on the MSU Gardens, visit the MSU Trial Gardens website.

Location and Contact Information

1066 Bogue St, East Lansing, MI 48824


Phone: 517-353-0329


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